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JanuaryCarter Page meets with Victor Podobnyy at an energy symposium in New York City . Podobnyy is later identified as a SVR (Russian intelligence) agent. FBI overhears conversation between Prodobnyy and another SVR agent, Evgeny Buryakov, posing as an employee at Vnesheconombank. The two men discuss a meeting with Carter Page, whom they tried to recruit as an intelligence source. "He got hooked on Gazprom ... it's obvious he wants to earn lots of money."Buzzfeed
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Jun 18, 2013Donald Trump tweets: "Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow - if so, will he become my new best friend?"Twitter
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Oct 17, 2013On Late Show with David Letterman, Trump says about Putin, "I met him once." Youtube
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Nov 9, 2013Trump visits Moscow for Miss Universe pageant. Meets with Vladimir Kozhin, a close confidant of Vladimir Putin.Daily Mail
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Nov. 9, 2013Interviewed in Moscow, Trump is asked by MSNBC whether he has a relationship with Vladimir Putin. "I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today."MSNBC
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Nov. 9, 2013Trump tells Tass news service that he plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and was in negotiations with billionaire Aras Agarlov's Crocus Group. During his Moscow visit, Trump also meets with Herman Gref, CEO of state-controlled Sberbank PJSC, Russia’s biggest bank, which is under US sanctions. Sberbank and Crocus sponsor the beauty contest.BloombergTASS
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Nov 10, 2013Trump tweets, "I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place! U.S. MUST BE VERY SMART AND VERY STRATEGIC."Twitter
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Nov 12, 2013Trump tells Real Estate Weekly that the pageant was a good networking opportunity. "The Russian market is attracted to me. I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room."Real Estate Weekly
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Early 2014Russian intelligence begins researching U.S. electoral processes and related technology and equipment.DNI
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March 2014Russia annexes Crimea. President Obama imposes sanctions on Russia in response.
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March 2014Trump tells Conservative Political Action Committee conference that while he was in Moscow for Miss Universe pageant, “Putin even sent me a present, beautiful present, with a beautiful note, I spoke to all of his people."Buzzfeed
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March 2014Donald Trump calls Russia the United States' "biggest problem" and greatest geopolitical foe.CNN
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March 21Trump tweets: "Putin has become a big hero in Russia with an all time high popularity. Obama, on the other hand, has fallen to his lowest ever numbers. SAD" and "I believe Putin will continue to re-build the Russian Empire. He has zero respect for Obama or the U.S.!"TwitterTwitter
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April 30Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn announces his retirement.
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May 27At National Press Club lunch, Trump says, "I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer."Mother Jones
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Mid-March to Mid-May 2015Cyber-espionage group connected with the Russian government launches a spearphishing campaign, sending directed emails containing a malicious link
to over 1,000 recipients, including multiple U.S. Government victims. The campaign leads to the penetration of servers at the Democratic National Committee and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
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June 16Donald Trump announces he is running for president of the United States.Youtube
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JulyRussian intelligence gains access to Democratic National Committee network. Maintains that access until "at least June 2016."DNI
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July 11At Freedom Fest rally in Las Vegas, Trump is asked about Russia: "I know Putin, and I’ll tell you what, we’ll get along with Putin.... I would get along very nicely with Putin, Ok. I mean, where we have the strength. I don’t think you’d need the sanctions. I think we would get along very, very well." Question was asked by Maria Butina, a founder of a Russian gun rights group and an aide to Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Bank of Russia and close Putin ally, named by Spanish police as a suspected “godfather” of an organized crime and money-laundering ring.Daily BeastYahooVideo of Question
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July 29Michael Flynn paid $11,250 by Kaspersky Government Solutions
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July 30Trump, in Scotland, says "I think I'd get along very well with Vladimir Putin"Reuters
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July 31Michael Flynn paid $11,250 by Volga-Dneper Airlines, a Russia-based airline that specializes in moving heavy cargo.Yahoo
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UnknownBritish intelligence detect signs that Russia has hacked into the Democratic National Committee’s computer servers, and alert their American counterparts.New York Times
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SummerNSA becomes aware of Russian hacking. White House alerted to possibility that DNC has been hacked by the Russians. President Obama orders intelligence community to find out everything they can about it. Obama news conferenceHPSCI hearing testimony
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AugustMichael Flynn meets Donald Trump in New York for conversation that lasts 90 minutesThe New Yorker
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August 8Roger Stone leaves Trump campaign as paid political advisor. Stone says he quit; Trump says he was fired.Politico
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August 10Michael Flynn says in an interview with Al Jazeera that the decision to arm opposition to Syria's Bashar al-Assad went forward despite warnings that those weapons might fall into radical hands. Flynn says it was a "willful decision" by the Obama administration.Al Jazeera
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August 24Sputnik publishes story titled "Is Donald Trump a Man to Mend Relations with Russia?"Sputnik
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UnknownUS intelligence officials inform top congressional leaders in Top Secret briefing that Russian hackers were attacking the Democratic Party.Reuters
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SeptemberFBI alerts DNC via phone call that a server had been breached by a Russian group known as "the Dukes," later identified as "Cozy Bear" and "Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) 29."New York Times
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OctoberAnother Russian hacking group known as APT28 -- believed to be connected to the GRU, Russia's foreign military intelligence service -- begins to target the Hillary Clinton campaignsecureworks
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October On Savage Nation radio show, Donald Trump says he met Putin. “Yes, a long time ago. We got along great, by the way.”Yahoo
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October 11Trump and Putin both appear, separately, on 60 Minutes. Trump says he would get along "very well" with Putin.CNN
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Early November
D.C.-based representative of RT, Kremlin-backed propaganda network, contacted Flynn’s speakers’ bureau and invited him to Moscow for the channel’s 10th-anniversary celebration. The New Yorker
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November 29Michael Flynn gives an interview to Der Spiegel in which he urges cooperation with Russia in the Middle East. "We have to work constructively with Russia." Flynn also describes the Iraq War and Libya invasion as mistakes. Flynn calls the Iraq War "a huge error" and "a strategic failure." The story is picked up by Russia's RT. Der SpiegelRT
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DecemberAccounts associated with Russian propaganda "troll farm" called the Internet Research Agency begins supporting Donald Trump The New Yorker
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Late 2015British signals intelligence agency GHCQ learns of suspicious “interactions” between figures connected to Trump and known or suspected Russian agents. This intelligence was passed to the US as part of a routine exchange of information.Guardian
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December 1RT announces that Flynn will speak at 10th anniversary gala.RT
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December 10Michael Flynn travels to Russia for RT 10th anniversary banquet and sits at head table with Vladimir Putin at Moscow's Metropole Hotel. Flynn says he was asked to attend by his speakers bureau, Leading Authorities. Flynn is paid $33,750 for the event.YoutubeYahoo
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December 17Vladimir Putin praises Donald Trump at his annual news conference. "He is a bright and talented person without any doubt. He is the absolute leader of the presidential race." Putin said Trump "wants to move to another level of relations, a closer, deeper level of relations with Russia. How can we not welcome this? Of course we welcome this?TASSWashington Post
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December 18Trump on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" asked about being complimented by Putin, a man who kills journalists, replies, "Well, I think that our country does plenty of killing, too, Joe.Twitter
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January 22Trump campaign video criticizing US Veterans Administration shows veterans from the Russian city of Tolyatti.TASS
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FebruaryMichael Flynn tells CNN that he has been advising Donald Trump on a range of issues. CNN
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February 2Kremlin "philosopher" Alexander Dugin endorses Trump.katehon
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February 28Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama endorses Trump.Politico
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March 2016A hacking group known as "Fancy Bear" or "APT28" launches a spearfishing campaign targeting email addresses at hillaryclinton.com and dnc.org that gains them access to DNC network. The hacking group is run by the Russian foreign military intelligence service (GRU) and appears focused on a single target: the DNC's opposition research files on Donald Trump. DNIsecureworksThe Plot to Hack America, Malcolm Nance.
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MarchIndividuals linked to the Russian government begin openly supporting Donald Trump and government-funded propaganda outlets RT and Sputnik cast Trump as the target of unfair coverage from mainstream media outlets.DNI
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March Sam Clovis, a GOP activist and economics professor on leave from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, is asked by the Trump campaign to line up some foreign policy advisers. He produces a list that includes Carter Page. Page tells CNN that Clovis "was not the first person that brought me in. I can assure you of that." NYTimesCNN
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MarchAt meeting at unfinished Trump Hotel in Washington, JD Gordon recalls Trump calling for a softening of GOP platform languge over Ukraine. Trump said that did not want to "go to World War III over Ukraine."CNN via Twitter
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March 3Trump names Sessions as chairman of the campaign's national security committee.Washington Post
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March 17At an event hosted by the American Council for Capital Formation, Sessions says “I think an argument can be made there is no reason for the U.S. and Russia to be at this loggerheads. Somehow, someway we ought to be able to break that logjam,” Sessions said. “Strategically it’s not justified for either country. It may not work. Putin may not be able to be dealt with, but I don’t condemn his instincts that we ought to attempt to do that.”Washington Post
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March 19APT28 gains access to the gmail account of John Podesta, Clinton's campaign manager.Wikileaks
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March 21Donald Trump tells The Washington Post editorial board that Carter Page, a former Merrill Lynch banker in Moscow, has joined his foreign policy team.Washington PostGlobalpolicyjournal.com
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March 22Billy Reinhart, former DNC employee working for Clinton campaign, receives an email telling him to change his Gmail password. He does, giving Russians access to campaign network.Email to Reinhart via New York TImes
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March 27Donald Trump calls NATO "obsolete." ABC News
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March 28Paul Manafort joins Trump campaign.New York Times
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AprilRichard Burt, former US ambassador to Germany, joins Trump campaign at the request of Paul Manafort. Burt is on the advisory board of Alfa Bank.
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AprilKonstantin Kilimnik, a Kiev-based operative with suspected ties to Russian intelligence, meets with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort during a visit to the United States.Politico
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AprilAn intelligence agency in a Baltic state provides CIA Director John Brennan with a tape of a conversation about money from the Kremlin going into the US presidential campaign. Since the CIA cannot act domestically against American citizens a joint counter-intelligence taskforce was created comprised of the FBI, CIA, NSA, Treasury Department and DNI. BBCMcClatchy
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April 27Sergey I. Kislyak, Russian ambassor to the US, attends Trumps's foreign policy speech at Mayflower Hotel, sitting in the front row. Trump calls for an end to "this horrible cycle of hostility" between the United States and Russia. The Wall Street Journal reports, "A few minutes before he made those remarks, Mr. Trump met at a VIP reception with Russia's ambassador to the U.S., Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak. Mr. Trump warmly greeted Mr. Kislyak and three other foreign ambassadors who came to the reception."Washington PostPoliticoWall Street Journal
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SpringJoint US counterintelligence investigation opens into Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort's links to Russia. Some of Manafort's contacts in Russia and Ukraine are under surveillance by the National Security Agency for suspected links to Russia’s Federal Security Service. Trump campaign advisers Carter Page and Roger Stone's links to Russia also come under investigation.New York Times
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April 19DNCLeaks.com domain registered anonymously via a small server in Romaniaicann.org
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April 29Democratic National Committee leaders are notified of network breach. DNC retains Crowdstrike Services.New York Times
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May Crowdstrike determines that DNC had been penetrated by Russian government hacking groups, "Cozy Bear" and "Fancy Bear"crowdstrike
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May 4DNC staffer Alexandra Chalupa informs colleague that, while researching Paul Manafort's connections to the Ukraine, she has daily received messages from yahoo.com informing her that account is being targeted by "state-sponsored actors" despite frequently changing her password.WikileaksThe Plot to Hack America, Malcolm Nance.
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May 6Fox News contributor Andrew Napolitano says “there’s a debate going on in the Kremlin between the Foreign Ministry and the Intelligence Services about whether or not they should release the twenty thousand of Mrs. Clinton’s emails that they have hacked into and received and stored."Fox News
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May 18Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says at a public forum that there are indications of foreign hackers spying on presdiential campaigns, without providng specifics.AP
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May 20Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Bank of Russia and close Putin ally, named by Spanish police as a suspected “godfather” of an organized crime and money-laundering ring, meets Donald Trump at the National Rifle Association convention in Louisville, Ky. Torshin shares a dinner table with Donald Trump Jr. at a restaurant.Bloomberg
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JuneFusion GPS, a Washington research firm run by former journalists, hires Christopher Steele, a respected former MI6 officer who once served in Moscow, to gather opposition material on Donald Trump's ties to Russia. Steele reportedly paid 200,000 pounds for his work.New York TimesMirror
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JuneA Russian government think tank, the Institute for Strategic Studies, recommends that the Kremlin broaden its efforts to influence the 2016 US presidential election and launch a propaganda campaign on social media and Russian state-backed global news outlets to encourage US voters to elect Trump. Reuters
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JuneFBI seeks warrant from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court to intercept communications from two Russian banks. Application, which reportedly named Trump, is rejected outright by judge.BBC
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JuneRussian hackers target voter registration systems in ArizonaWashington Post
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June 8DCLeaks.com launches its website and begins posting stolen documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign's media office. DCLeaks also releases emails stolen form accounts of Republican congressional officials. Content was provided by Russia's GRU, according to US intelligence.DCLeaks.comDNI
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June 12Julian Assange reveals that Wikileaks has emails related to Hillary Clinton which are pending publication.ITV
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June 14The Washington Post reports that Crowdstrike has determined that two Russian affiliated hacking groups had gained access to the DNC servers.Washington Post
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June 15"Guccifer 2.0" claims responsibility for DNC hack and releases internal opposition research and documents to at least two websites, The Smoking Gun and Gawker. "Guccifer 2.0" believed to be a cover (legend) for Russia's security services.Guccifer 2.0
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June 17Wikileaks publishes an 88GB encrypted torrent as "insurance." Suspected to be the entire stolen DNC cache.Twitter
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Unknown (Before June 20) Carter Page emails JD Gordon asking for permission to travel to Russia. Gordon refuses. Page then emails then-campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who agrees to the trip provided Page not serve as an official representative of the Trump camapaign.Politico
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June 20Steele reports that Russian intelligence has videotapes of "perverted conduct" of Trump and prostitutes recorded in a Moscow hotel suite in 2013 during Miss Universe pageant. Trump's behavior in Russia has "compromised him sufficiently to blackmail him." Steele reports that Russian authorities have been "cultivating, supporting and assisting" Trump for years and he has accepted a regular flow of intelligence on his Democratic rivals.Steele memos via Buzzfeed
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June 28Election officials in Arizona shut down part of the state's website due to security concerns. Believed to be the work of Russian hackers. Arizona Republic
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JulyIn a White House Situation Room meeting, national security officials discuss what to do about Russian influence in presidential campaign.New York Times
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JulyFBI again seeks a more narrowly drawn warrant from FISA court to intercept communications from two Russian banks. Application again rejected.BBC
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JulyRussian hackers target voter registration systems in Illinois. Officials shut down the state’s voter registration system for 10 days , after the hackers managed to download personal data on up to 200,000 state voters,Washington Post
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July 5Steele, the former MI6 officer, acting on his own initiative, provides material he has gathered on Trump to an FBI contact in Rome.Mother JonesNew York Times
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July 7Trump campaign adviser Carter Page travels to Moscow to give speech critical of U.S. policy at Moscow's New Economic School. Washington had a "hypocritical focus on ideas such as democratization, inequality, corruption and regime change" in its dealings with Russia. Accordin to Reuters, Page declines to say whether he was planning to meet anyone from the Kremlin, the Russian government or Foreign Ministry during his visit. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich also spoke at the graduation. Page has given conflicting stories on whether he met him.YouTubeReutersAP
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July 11At Republican National Committee meeting in Cleveland, Trump campaign staffers, including J.D. Gordon, lobby to exclude language from Republican platform that calls for the US to provide “lethal defensive weapons” for Ukraine to defend itself against Russian incursion.Washington Post
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July 13"Guccifer 2.0" releases a cache of purported DNC documents to The Hill.The Hill
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July 18Sen. Jeff Sessions attends a Heritage Foundation event in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention that was attended by roughly 50 ambassadors. When the event was over, a small group of ambassadors approached Sessions as he was leaving the podium, and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak was among them. Sessions speaks individually with Kislyak.Washington Post
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July 19Two Trump campaign officials -- Carter Page and J.D. Gordon -- meet with Sergey KislyakUSA Todayglobalcleveland.org
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July 19Steele reports that Carter Page had held a secret meeting with Igor Sechin, head of the Rosneft state-owned oil company who is considered Vladimir Putin's "defacto deputy." Sechin and Page discuss lifting US sanctions against Russia. Sechin offered Page the "brokerage" [fee?] on a 19 percent stake in Rosneft if sanctions lifted. According to Steele, Page also met Igor Divyekin, an internal affairs official with a background in intelligence, who warns Page that Moscow had kompromat on TrumpSteele memos via Buzzfeed
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July 21Donald Trump tells The New York Times that the US response to its mutual-defense obligations under the NATO treaty would depend on whether member countries had paid their bills. New York Times
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July 21Donald Trump accepts the Republican nomination for president in Cleveland
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July 22Wikileaks releases more than 40,000 hacked DNC emails. Releases continue throughout the campaign, timed to gather maximum attention on the eve of the Democratic convention.Wikileaks
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Late JulyFBI opens a counterintelligence investigation of Russian meddling in election, including links Trump campaign officials and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the campaign and Russia's efforts.HPSCI Hearing Testimony
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SummerFBI applies for warrant from Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. FISA court turn downs request asking FBI investigators to narrow their focus.The Guardian
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